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Emily Mitamura

Emily Mitamura is a Yonsei poet and Ph.D. student living in Minnesota. Her work takes up ongoing afterlives of colonial and mass violence, in particular the narrative demands placed on those in its wakes. Her poetry works through continuous bodily, relational, archival hauntings and appears or is forthcoming in PANK, AAWW: The Margins, Nikkei Uncovered, and Clarion Magazine among other places. You can find her at or at Magers & Quinn booksellers’ $1 section.

Updated July 2022

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Nikkei Uncovered: a poetry column

Nov. 18, 2021 • Brandon Shimoda , Emily Mitamura , traci kato-kiriyama

Nothing like biting into the palpable words of poets to dig into the transformation that signifies this season. I had a great time reading the work of the writers we feature here this month on Nikkei Uncovered—Colorado-based Brandon Shimoda and Minneapolis-based Emily Mitamura. Lush and sinuous, resilient and expansive—from Emily’s Grub Mother—“…a bit of / your heart / is the most delicious sweet / I’ve ever held / to my / swarming mouth…”—and  from Brandon’s The Desert—“…The world / above, the world we …

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